SPECIAL EVENTS

What: Count birds
When: February 15-18
Where: Anywhere!
Why: To provide a database for scientist to use to study the changes in bird populations.

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count, go to gbbc.birdcount.org

What do you need to do?

  1. Create a free GBBC account if you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, or have not participated in the GBBC since 2013. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.
  2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC (your backyard or anywhere).
  3.  Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking theSubmit Observationstab on the home page.

WHAT: Classes about bird identification and bird ecology.
WHERE: Pensacola Public Library, downtown at 239 N. Spring Street.

Wings Above Pensacola (bird migration)   Class on March 21.  Field trip on March 23.

The Basics of Birding (beginning birding with shorebird identification) Two classes on March 26 and April 2.  Field trip on April 6.

Our Backyard Raptors (raptor identification and ecology) Class on May 1.  Field trip on May 4.

Each class will be held at the Pensacola Public Library, downtown, at 239 N. Spring Street. Experienced birders from the Audubon chapter will instruct the classroom sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Our Backyard Raptors class will start at 5:30 p.m.).  There will be a field trip on Saturday from 2-4 hours following three of the classes.

To register for a class or for more information, contact Mary Jones, Chapter Education Chair, brumarclyde@cox.net or 850-288-0488.

To confirm your registration, send a participant contribution of  $25 for each class.  Please note on your check (payable to FMW Audubon Society) the class title and send to  FMW Audubon Society, P.O. Box 17484, Pensacola, FL 32522 before March 19, 2019.

This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the West Florida Public Libraries or Escambia County.

EXPERIENCEWHAT IS THIS FEELING?

Enchantment. Exhilaration. Breathless rapture.  No one at work understands when I explain the elation that comes with a great birding experience.

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ENJOYWHAT’S IN A NAME-THE BALD EAGLE

The Bald Eagle?  How did this magnificent bird, our national icon of strength and independence, come by such a seemingly inaccurate and inappropriate name?

Condors and their kin are bald, and with good reason, but their names dignify them beyond their nature.

Osprey, Kites, and …more

CONSERVETHE EAGLE AND I

When I was a Boy Scout back in Missouri, along with knots and campfires I learned about our National Symbol, our bold, proud, Bald Eagle.  I saw his image everywhere, on posters, flags, even coins. But I never saw one.

If the bird was so all-fired important to our country, where were we keeping them?  Asking teachers didn’t help, they didn’t  …more

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